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Tamiya Rubber black

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Tamiya Rubber black
Posted by fisker4jc on Sunday, November 21, 2021 5:11 PM

I 've often ssen MR construction articles using Tamiya Rubber black.  Is there something in particular that makes this color advantageous?

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Posted by arbe1948 on Wednesday, November 24, 2021 6:46 PM

To me, it really has the color and appearance of black rubber.  Great looking on MU hoses.  Better than flat black I think.

 

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Wednesday, November 24, 2021 10:04 PM

It is the actual colour tires appear in the daylight. I think it looks nearly perfect.

On larger models you can even highlight the tread with Vallejo Panzer Aces #70306 Dark Rubber for an amazing effect.

-Kevin

Wink Happily modeling my STRATTON & GILLETTE RAILROAD. A Class A line located in a personal fantasy world of semi-plausible nonsense on Tuesday, August 3rd, 1954.

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Posted by fisker4jc on Friday, November 26, 2021 10:57 AM

I was curious since they seemed to use it for more than rubber things.

 

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Friday, November 26, 2021 2:16 PM

Yes, it is a useful color for either highlighting Pitch Black, or representing any surface black in bright sunshine.

Not just for tires anymore.

-Kevin

Wink Happily modeling my STRATTON & GILLETTE RAILROAD. A Class A line located in a personal fantasy world of semi-plausible nonsense on Tuesday, August 3rd, 1954.

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Posted by bandofan on Saturday, November 27, 2021 9:56 AM

A color like rubber black is a good choice for painting various items (other than rubber items) because it is not a pure black.  If you want to make a scene look unrealistic, one of the best ways to do this is to use either pure black or pure white.  Things just don't look that way in real life.  Even the smallest amount of dirt takes away the pure black or white look. In addition, our model railroads simulate seeing something from some distance.  When you look at something from a distance, black items just don't look pure black and white items don't look pure white due to the atmosphere between you and the object.  One of the top rules for my layout is that nothing ends up being pure black or white.

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Saturday, November 27, 2021 11:27 AM

bandofan
One of the top rules for my layout is that nothing ends up being pure black or white.

So true, and good advice.

I wish I could go back in time and have the "white" part of my herald made with a very light yellowish gray instead.

Pure white is also hard to photograph with the lighting needed for miniature.

-Kevin

Wink Happily modeling my STRATTON & GILLETTE RAILROAD. A Class A line located in a personal fantasy world of semi-plausible nonsense on Tuesday, August 3rd, 1954.

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